May 31-June 6 global agenda: Rock in Rio, Madrid

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Next week's events comprise the Bollywood "Oscars" in Sri Lanka, a rock and pop gathering in Madrid, the opening of the summer's Hellenic Festival in Greece, the largest computer exhibition in Asia in Taiwan, among others.

World No Tobacco Day
May 31

World No Tobacco Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and this year's program is focusing on health promotion to stop the alarming rates in which young girls are smoking and being marketed to. WHO reports one billion people could die during this century because of tobacco use.

Hellenic Festival: Athens Festival & Epidaurus Festival
June 1-Aug 31
Multiple venues in Athens and Epidaurus

Despite the economic downturn, Greece buzzes with art, culture and music during the summer as the Athens Festival, the Epidaurus Festival (theater) and "Musical July" (in Epidaurus) - considered to be among the most significant art festivals on the European continent - are held under the auspices of the Hellenic Festival. A rich program of art installations, concerts and special events has been planned for the 2010 edition. Highlights in the field of art include works by William Kentridge, Christof Buchel, Louise Bourgeois and Sarah Lucas.

June 1 - 5
Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall
Taipei, Taiwan

The 30th edition of Computex Taipei is organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taiwan Computer Association. It is now the largest computer exhibition in Asia, second in the world only to CeBIT in Germany. Many large computing firms have research and development centers or production factories in Taiwan and they come to Computex Taipei to launch their new products. Almost 120,000 visitors attended Computex Taipei in 2009 to see products and services from over 1,700 exhibitors.

International Indian Film Academy
June 2-5
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dubbed the "Bollywood Oscars," the IIFA awards are an annual showcase for one of the world's most ambitious and prolific film industries. The location changes every year, the event took place in Macau in 2009, in 2010 the 11th edition will be held in Colombo (Sri Lanka), followed by Toronto, Canada in 2011.
The Indian Film Awards ceremony will be broadcast to nearly 500 million viewers in 110 countries worldwide.


June 2-6
Vancouver, Canada
Cruise3sixty ranks as one of the most important global events for the cruising industry and brings together cruise lines from all over the world. Expect to see new product and route unveilings along with presentations from destinations on why they are the "cruise-to" place this year.

Maison Martin Margiela: 20
June 3 - September 5
London, UK

Following stints at the MoMu in Antwerp and Haus der Kunst in Munich, Margiela's 20 exhibition, showcasing pieces from the house's archive, will come to London's Somerset House.

Rock in Rio Madrid
June 4-6, 11, 14
Madrid, Spain
The Rock in Rio music festival was first held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in January 1985, and now takes place in both Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. The festival's first Madrid edition in 2008 was attended by 290,000 music fans. Artists on the 2010 roster include Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Shakira, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, and Metallica. Concerts are staged over two weekends at Rock City in Aranda del Rey, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Madrid.

World Environment Day
June 5

Commemorated each year on June 5, World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

European Design Since 1985: Shaping the New Century
June 5 - August 29
Atlanta, USA

Held at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, this exhibition redefines modernism and postmodernism, which have both not only shaped European design but have also had a profound impact worldwide. The exhibition includes furniture, glass, ceramics, metalwork and more, created by some of the most influential artists of our time.